Study Abroad for Osgoode Students

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Students in second or third year of the JD Program may spend a term or full year on exchange at another institution. Students may apply for Osgoode exchanges at partner institutions, York International exchanges at schools with law faculties, and self-arranged placements through a letter of permission.

Osgoode offers a number of summer study programs. Students may also consider various not-for-credit international opportunities.

Students should review the term dates of the host institution carefully and consider both academic and career plans before deciding on which term to go abroad.   On-campus interviews for second year summer positions are held in the fall semester of second year, and most other summer hiring occurs in the winter semester. Articling recruitment begins in the summer following second year. Students planning on participating in these interviews should ensure that their exchange does not conflict with the hiring timelines.   


Students are eligible to apply for study abroad programs if they:

  • have or will have completed at least one year of full-time study at Osgoode Hall Law School
  • have a ‘B’ average or above
  • meet the language, academic or other requirements of the host university.

Credit Transfer

Osgoode students planning to study on exchange during the fall or winter term are expected to enrol in a full-time course load at their host university, typically the equivalent of 15 Osgoode credits. Prior to departure, students must email their course enrolment to Karen Willoughby, International and Academic Programs Coordinator to have their course selections approved and to confirm the credit value.  Students are ultimately responsible for meeting all degree requirements both at Osgoode and in any joint program in which they may be enrolled.

Students must pass all courses and provide Osgoode with final transcripts from their exchange institution to receive course credit towards their Osgoode JD degree.  Grades from international programs are not calculated into the Osgoode GPA.  There is a notation on the Osgoode transcript that indicates the student was abroad for a specific term and to consult the other school’s transcript for grades.